In my reader survey recently, a number of respondents expressed a desire to see more product reviews and more posts about things and experiences I enjoy. So, today, we kick off the first of what I hope will be regular blog posts about things I come across that make me smile. It’ll be called “Fab Friday Finds.”
- In the past month or so, I’ve encountered 3-4 women at different social events who were all wearing a beautiful matte red lipstick. Their lips –and, therefore, the rest of their face– looked so good that I asked each one what brand of lipstick she was wearing. What a surprise to learn that they were all wearing the same one. Given how many red lipsticks exist in the world, what are the chances that each woman was wearing the same? And, yet, they were. Clearly I had to have it. This was too much of a coincidence. So I dashed over to the MAC Cosmetics store in my neighborhood and picked up a tube of Ruby Woo Retro Matte Lipstick. Red red lipstick is special. It announces “confidence,” “a little sass,” and definitely “not boring.” I can’t wait to wear it.
- There’s a Thai restaurant in my neighborhood with a really awkward name: Regional Thai & Mex Margarita Bar. I don’t hold the name against them because their food is so good. My favorite meal there is a lunchbox special with chicken Tom-Yum soup, a dumpling-type appetizer, multi-grain rice, roasted salmon and grilled pork. I eat there every week or two. Recently, one of the waiters teased me that I never order dessert. I told him it’s because their desserts all seem weird to me, with ingredients that don’t seem to really go together. He convinced me to try the Sticky Rice & Coconut Ice Cream. It’s topped with peanuts. It sounded horrible. Why would I want rice in my ice cream? He promised not to charge me if I didn’t like it. No chance of that. It’s now one of my favorite new desserts. It is soooo good. If you’re in a Thai restaurant and see it on the menu, you gotta try it. This is in the Hips section because if I eat this stuff as often as I’d like to, mine are going to spread.
- So, this next favorite product is also filed under Hips for a reason that will be obvious in just a minute. I’m not really sure how to set this one up, so I’m just going to go for it. My sister, Phyllis, fell in like with a product she heard about on the Dr Oz Show and wouldn’t stop talking about it. It’s called Just A Drop. It eliminates bathroom odors when you poop. Here’s how it works: (1) Squeeze “just a drop” of the liquid into the toilet bowl, (2) sit down and do your thing, (3) flush, (4) sniff. No odor. Honestly. Just a minty-eucalyptusy smell in the air. I like it so much that I use it even when I don’t have to.
- Whips is slang for a nice car. This next new favorite thing isn’t really about cars but it is about a mode of transportation: wheelchairs. There’s a reality show on The Sundance Channel called Push Girls. It’s about five young women, all paralyzed, all spending the rest of their lives in wheelchairs. I find them to be so inspiring. These women have full lives, doing just about everything the rest of us do…except they’re locked into those chairs and will never walk. But that has not slowed them down. The other day I was being whiny about how much “my knee hurt.” In retrospect, my complaining seemed a little much. With so many trashy reality shows on TV, I’m so happy to have found this one, which is uplifting, not embarrassing.
So,…what do you think of my Fab Friday Finds?